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  1. Course on Japanese Film Fall 2016

    May 04 2016

    FS 412: THE YAKUZA/JAPANESE GANGSTER FILM: SUZUKI, KITANO, MIIKE This course can be counted towards an East Asian Studies major as a related East Asian content course, and the instructor is prepared to waive the FS 100 prerequisite for students from the Department of East Asian Studies. Please see the poster for details.

  2. Chinese Language Screening Sessions

    May 02 2016

    For students wishing to register in Chinese language classes for the Fall and Winter 2016/17, we have updated screening dates!

  3. East Asian Studies Professor Wins URI Outstanding Mentorship Award

    March 24 2016

    Congratulations to Dr. Kuo-Chan Sun for winning the URI Outstanding Mentorship Award!

  4. National Japanese Speech Contest

    March 24 2016

    East Asian Studies Students Win Awards at National Japanese Speech Contest!

  5. March 30 Taiwan Film Night

    March 11 2016

    Sunflower Occupation 2014, 120 min, Dir: Yu-ching Chen, Shi-lun Chou Mandarin with English subtitles Sunflower Occupation depicts the dramatic standoff that ensued when student protesters in Taiwan occupied their national parliament to protest the passage of a free trade pact with China. Characterized as a protest to save Taiwan's democracy, their demonstration offers a window into the politics of one East Asia's most dynamic societies. Ticket: $5, or free for U of A students.

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About us

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, we provide our students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of East Asian Studies; one of the most dynamic and exciting departments in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. We offer courses on the languages and cultures of China, Japan and Korea at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses on East Asia have been offered regularly at the University of Alberta since 1961, making our programme one of the oldest in Western Canada. East Asia-related courses at the University of Alberta were originally offered within the Department of History and Classics, but in response to the increasing demand for courses on East Asia an independent Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures was formed in 1981. Renamed the Department of East Asian Studies in 1994 to reflect the expanded range of topics covered in its courses, the department has continued to grow steadily and now boasts record enrolments in its language and culture courses. In the past five years, our Korea courses have experienced an especially dramatic increase in student interest, and we are working hard to meet that demand, in part by adding a new faculty member for the 2016-17 academic year.Read more...